Country Guide: Bermuda

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Updated: November 17, 2015

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Work permit (non-Bermudian)
  • Transfer of residence allowance (TRA)
  • Customs traveler declaration form 98 (CTD)
  • CAPS registration
  • Cash valuation sheet
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory list


Specific Information

  • The TRA is good for 90 days from issuance.
  • Bermudian citizens returning to Bermuda must be able to prove time lived abroad for a minimum of 12 months in order to import their household goods duty free.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Transport Control Department (TCD)
  • OBL / AWB
  • Bill of sale
  • Certificate of title
  • Overseas vehicle registration
  • Owner’s manual


Specific Information

  • To import a motor vehicle, the owner of the goods must be the original owner and have owned the vehicle within the 6 months prior to import.
  • The TCD must be presented with the vehicle specifications for approval.
  • The owner must provide the Transport Control Department the specific details of the vehicle including:  make, model, curb weight, & horsepower.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Import permit issued by the Bermuda Department of Environmental Protection


Specific Information

  • The vaccination record must show the animal has received at least two rabies vaccinations: 
    • The first after the age of 3 months,
    • The second between 6-12 months, and with no significant lapses in vaccinations. 
    • The most recent vaccination must be given within 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to arrival.
  • Vaccinations must be given by a licensed veterinarian.
  • The vaccination record and veterinary health certificate must be dated and signed by a licensed veterinarian, showing veterinarian name, facility address, and telephone number.
  • The veterinary health certificate must be issued within 10 days of import and must state that animal if free from communicable disease and external parasites; the name, date of birth, breed, description, owner’s name, owner’s name and address, and microchip identification of the pet must also be included.
  • Certain restrictions apply for animals arriving from specific countries; contact agent for complete details.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), tobacco (0.5 kg)
  • Spirits and wine (1 L each); amounts above 1 L are charged duties of 25% of the value

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Illegal drugs
  • Pornographic materials
  • Counterfeit items

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.


Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook

Wikipedia Entry for Bermuda

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.